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  • Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology*

    A graduate degree aimed to help you answer your calling

    We offer this degree for one reason: to help you become a highly qualified speech-language pathologist with the skills, compassion and motivation to make a difference in your community, wherever you choose to live. We do that through faith-based academic coursework and clinical placements designed to help you reach your career goals, while emphasizing life-long learning, high moral and ethical competencies. When you graduate, you will be prepared to impact people’s lives in truly meaningful ways.

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    Our clinical program is distinct. You’ll have off-campus placements throughout your time in the program, as well as some on-campus clinical experiences with other professionals. More and more, health care is delivered by teams of professionals from the various specialties. We’ve structured our program around this type of inter-disciplinary collaboration so that your experience is broadened to include other professionals that you may work with during your career.

    Admission Requirements+

    To be considered for the Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology program, you’ll need to meet the following criteria:

    • Undergraduate degree in CSD/SLP OR related area (education, health sciences, psychology, family sciences, etc.)
    • Pre-requisite undergraduate courses (ASHA CCC eligibility requirement):
      • Biological science (4 credit hours)
      • Physical science (must be chemistry or physics) (4 credit hours)
      • Statistics (math, psychology, health sciences) (3 credit hours)
      • Social/Behavioral Science (sociology, psychology, anthropology) (3 credit hours)
    • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Minimum GPA of 3.25 on the last 60 hours of coursework
    • GRE –Minimum score of 300
      • Verbal = 160
      • Quantitative = 140
      • Analytical Writing Assessment = 4
      • The Miller Analogy Test (MAT) is not accepted
    • Three letters of reference submitted electronically. The three required recommendations should be from 1) current or previous professor, 2) work supervisor and 3) professional colleague.
    • On campus interview. Information regarding the interview will be sent via e-mail once the application is received.
    • Undergraduate CSD or major area – no grade in a “major” area less than C
    • Students who do not have a background in Communication Sciences and Disorders are encouraged to apply. Additional details about the non-background track are coming soon. 
    • International applicants or American citizens who learned English as a second language must score at least 550 (paper), 213 (computer) or 80 (Internet) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). International applicants must also obtain a score of 27 or better on the iBT speaking subtest of the TOEFL or a 50 or better on the Test of Spoken English. For more information, please visit www.toefl.org.
    Exceptions to any admission requirements will be handled on an individual basis.

    Students and applicants with disabilities who seek accommodations must make a request by contacting the Section 504/Disability Access and Accommodation Coordinator, Anne Sherman, Director of Disability Resources, 205-726-4078 or disability@samford.edu

    Admission Process+

    DEADLINE: January 15, 2015

    The steps below outline the application process for the Master of Science-Speech Language Pathology program. To apply, you are required to submit both an application through CSDCAS as well as the SLP Supplemental Form. Before starting these applications, we recommend that you complete the following checklist:

    • Obtain student copies of your college transcripts to assist you in completing the coursework section for the application.
    • Before you begin your application, please review the following CSDSCAS instructions: Before applying, Participating Programs and Instructions & FAQ.
    • Request official transcripts from each institution attended by using the transcript request form in CSDCAS. Complete the form, submit it to the registrar's office of each institution attended and instruct them to enclose the form with your official sealed transcript. Transcripts must be sent to the CSDCAS Transcript Department. CSDCAS accepts official transcripts sent directly from the registrar's office only. Please send transcripts as early as possible and no less than four to six weeks before the application deadline due to the time needed by CSDCAS to verify your application.
      Send transcripts to:

      CSDCAS Verification Department
      PO Box 9113
      Watertown, MA 02471

    • Pay the initial service fee of $100 when submitting the CSDCSAS application.
    • Obtain three letters of recommendation from 1) current or previous professor; 2) supervisor; and 3) professional colleague. These letters of recommendation must be submitted through CSDCAS. The references should attest to the applicant's academic ability and potential.
    • Submit official GRE scores to CSDCAS 6967.
    • On campus interview. Information regarding the interview will be sent via e-mail when the application is received.

    CSDCAS Customer Service Information
    Available Monday through Friday, 9:00-5:00 EST

    For more information regarding the admission process, please contact:

    Dr. Marian Carter
    Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Services

    Plan of Study+


    As students graduate from our program, outcome data will be published regarding:

    • Graduation/Completion Rate
    • PRAXIS Examination Results
    • Employment Rate

    Clinical Practicum Experiences+

    Students participate in a variety of experiences that help prepare them for careers in speech language pathology. The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders maintains relationships with numerous clinical agencies in the Birmingham area.

    Tuition & Fees+

    M.S. in Speech Language Pathology, per credit each semester/term $744
    Application fee CSDCAS $100
    Campus life fee, per semester $25
    Technology fee, per semester $150

    *The Master of Science program in Speech Language Pathology has filed application to become a candidate for accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA). Candidacy approval from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is pending. Students are encouraged to apply now, but will not be accepted until after we have received the appropriate notifications and approvals from CAA.